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Is there a conflict of interest?

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My ex's attorney is representing her against me in a custody case. Her attorney is also representing her boyfriend in a criminal domestic violence and civil/family custody case. Is there a conflict if the boyfriend is called as a witness in my case when he is one of his clients, too? It's really weird because the attorney asks me questions that don't relate to MY case but to the boyfriend's case and I'm not comfortable discussing things with him about the boyfriend when there have been criminal domestic violence charges pressed against him and he is around my children.

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Representing your ex in a custody action and representing her boyriend in a divorce action as well as DV action would not be a conflict unless she was the victim in the DV action.

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Is it normal for a lawyer to have one client testifying in another client's case? She can be called to impeach him and, not that I care what happens in his case, she can be called to impeach him in the event that they lie (I know...expect it). Plus, where he is accused of criminal domestic violence in front of a child, what happens if something happens in front of my children? Is it really that far fetched?


Sounds like this may be so. You can ask the court to recuse the lawyer, and or file an ethical complaint against him with the board of professional conduct.

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